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Tariq A. Al Maeena


Saudi Arabia is resilient and strong

It has been a rough few weeks for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Millions spent on western public relations firms failed to stave the outpouring of sharp and biting accusations against the kingdom, following the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist living in the United States and writing for the Washington Post. He was in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, formalising some paperwork for his upcoming marriage to a Turkish national when he disappeared.Indeed, Saudi Arabia was not spared seconds or even given an opportunity to state its case before knives were being sharpened and vitriol spent by western...
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Innocent until proven otherwise

On October 2 this year, a Saudi journalist walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and never came out. His Turkish fiancee who was waiting outside for him alerted authorities a little while later.Almost immediately Saudi Arabia was the subject of fiery condemnation by pundits of the western press. They were immediately joined by political figures in the United States and Europe. Charges of assassination were flowing by the minute in the wee hours of the disappearance. These allegations were picked up by much of the world’s press who reported them in their local media.Before any facts emerged, the frenzied...

Everyone is innocent until proven otherwise

On October 2 of this year, a Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and never came out. His Turkish fiance who was waiting outside for him alerted authorities a little while later.Almost immediately Saudi Arabia was the subject of fiery condemnation by pundits of the western press. They were immediately joined by political figures in the United States and Europe. Charges of assassination were flowing by the minute in the wee hours of the disappearance. These allegations were picked up by much of the world’s press who reported them in their local media.Before any facts...

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Faith must teach us to love, not hate

The exercise of faith and beliefs has often been the impetus to a more serene life. But when distorted shards creep into one’s beliefs, it generates activity that invariably leads to some form of tragedy. In recent times, one’s devotion to their faith has led to more turbulence than serenity. One does not have to go far than the subcontinent of India and Pakistan to understand the vast divide that has crept in between people who once were one and the same, but through the fostering of racial disharmony by unethical political and religious leaders, have now adopted a more...
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Israel’s appetite for Palestinian land is illegal

Almost six decades of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip has reduced its people to desperation. These are Palestinian lands controlled by Israel through repression, institutionalised discrimination, and systematic abuses of the population’s rights.The occupation has in recent times been accelerated by massive land theft by the government of Israel to make room for Jewish colonists — a move roundly condemned by many in various parts of the world but surprisingly little is heard in the form of protest from the heads of governments of the United States or the United Kingdom.Recently, the Israeli top court cleared...
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Time to put an end to the menace of fake degrees

In the age of instant communication and instant just about everything else, some people are finding bogus diplomas and degrees the way to go. Why would they want to spend seven or eight years after high school and thousands of dollars to get the certification in a speciality when buying such credentials off the internet is so much easier. If it charges one’s personal esteem to parade themselves off as MBAs or PhDs socially in front others, that’s one thing. But when it comes to the application of their easily gained expertise on the minds and bodies of others and...

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Changing dynamics in Saudi Arabia

There is no question that there are many issues in the Gulf countries that may appear odd or disturbing to some visitors. One has to understand that these countries have been going through a colossal change to lifelong traditions over the last four decades, and the growing pains can be often unsettling.And yet these countries have opened their arms to millions of guest workers from all parts of the world, welcoming them with promises of decent jobs and security during their stay. For the most part, the states have lived up to their promises — just witness the extraordinary number...

Who gets to define the meaning of anti-Semitism?

The ruling United States clique selectively ignores certain vital aspects when it comes to protecting and preserving human rights. They view even human rights from a religious or racist angle. That American lawmakers exhibit blatant hypocrisy in this matter is too obvious, but rarely reported.Take the case of the US State Department that recently released a report to the US Congress, identifying any vocal criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism, warning that anti-Jewish attitudes and incidents were on the rise worldwide.This was based on a study conducted by Tel Aviv University’s Stephen Roth Institute. The study found an increase in serious...
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How fake news becomes ‘fact’

These days, the lines between truth and fiction have indeed been blurred. What we see or what we read is often a misrepresentation of facts, and yet we tend to not question them. Politicians have taken advantage of such human frailties as they continue to manipulate the truth through their outlandish boasts, or try to justify their actions, or else seduce us with schemes for making the world a better place. The current government of the apartheid state of Israel is a good example of a country that continuously spreads falsehoods as facts.There’s an old Jewish proverb that says: ‘What...

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An address should carry respect

During the Iraq War of 2003, I was seated with a group at a coffee shop in the Sheraton hotel when we were approached by some American soldiers who had arrived in Saudi Arabia a couple of days earlier. “Hey, you ragheads,” yelled one of them, “Where’s some action around here?”Ragheads? That was a new one to most of us, but it didn’t take us long to figure out the slur behind those words. Notwithstanding the fact that it was said by a cherubic and innocent-looking young soldier on his first overseas duty, we made it very clear to him...
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Schools in Saudi Arabia need urgent reforms

As the summer holidays wind down and children and parents begin a feverish rush to prepare for the new school year in Saudi Arabia, some of the outstanding issues continue to surface. The debate continues over the quality of government-funded schools, the top-heavy bureaucracy, lack of proper facilities in schools and quite often their location.International and privately-run schools have attempted to fill the gap at a stiff price. Parents have been busy seeking to enrol their young ones in schools that do away with all such flaws, in search of an appropriate learning haven for their children.However, a recent incident...

Making Haj affordable for all is essential

Many people who have committed to perform Haj this year — the most arduous requirement for Muslims — are preparing for the task. Many Muslims save and plan extensively for this journey, while others make the pilgrimage more than once if they are able to.The requirements for performing the pilgrimage are as follows:n They must have maturity and a sound mind, in order to understand the significance of the pilgrimage experience;n They must have the physical capability to travel and perform the pilgrimage rites;n They must demonstrate financial stability, be free of debt, so that they are able to bear...